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Venture capital news and articles, for the VC industry and startups

2010-02-09T18:05:51+00:00

Venture capital news and articles, for the VC industry and startups.



Venture Capital

2013-12-27T20:57:09+00:00

A place to discuss venture capital news, ask VC related advice, network, etc.



Bitcoin - The Currency of the Internet

2010-09-09T14:30:26+00:00

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A community dedicated to Bitcoin, *the currency of the Internet*. Bitcoin is a distributed, worldwide, decentralized digital money. Bitcoins are issued and managed without any central authority whatsoever: there is no government, company, or bank in charge of Bitcoin. You might be interested in Bitcoin if you like cryptography, distributed peer-to-peer systems, or economics. A large percentage of Bitcoin enthusiasts are libertarians, though people of all political philosophies are welcome.





















After the rebrand, the community needs to treat Vechain like a medium-term venture capital investment

2018-02-14T02:16:40+00:00

I get that there is a lot of excitement in the crypto space in general, and the extreme price increases in November and December last year gave everyone some insane dopamine rushes, but reading the comments here, it just seems that what people are looking for here is unsustainable, both on our part and on Vechain's. A couple of thoughts:

  • Vechain is the closest thing to a fully developed start-up in the crypto space.

  • The value of the VET tokens is going to be driven by the value of the Vechain platform. It will be determined by how much demand there is by (1) enterprise users, and (2) institutional investors.

  • Since Vechain is a fully-developed start-up, news of meetings with politicians or new partnerships should not be "pumping" the price every single day. That's not how business valuations work. Valuations should grow gradually over quarters and years as the business value is proven. VEN cannot reach its true valuation within the next 12 months. If it did, it would be a result of a speculative bubble and would have to correct.

  • After the rebranding, it seems that Vechain will need to get down to the business of launching the mainnet and bringing more clients on board. We can expect them to keep us informed and excited about their progress, but we can't expect them to make needless announcements to try to "pump" the price.

  • The fact that Vechain posts are banned elsewhere on Reddit makes absolutely no difference. Reddit posters FOMOing in cannot push VEN past $9 or $10. You need to be patient for enterprise and institutional investors.

EDIT: I should add, I think anyone not having this perspective will ruin what could be one of the best experiences of their lives. This is the closest that a lot of us will ever get to being part of a world-changing start-up. I think we should try to enjoy the ride.

Our time would be better spent talking about Vechain's progress, and giving Vechain any ideas that we have.

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Science AMA Series: I'm Sam Arbesman, a complexity scientist, Scientist in Residence at a venture capital firm, and the author of Overcomplicated, a book which examines technologies that are too complex to understand. AMA!

2016-07-15T12:01:46+00:00

Hi reddit!

I'm Sam Arbesman, Scientist in Residence at Lux Capital, a venture capital firm investing in emerging science and technology startups, where I help explore what the future of science and tech holds, make sure our firm is at the forefront of these trends, and help the startups we invest in stay ahead of the curve.

I'm the author of Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension, which is about how our technologies have become so complex that we don't really understand them anymore (even if you are one of the experts who made them), and what that means for us as a society. I'm currently thinking a lot about this topic and how we can meet our technologies halfway, even if we can never fully understand them. I'm also the author of the Half-Life of Facts, which examines how knowledge changes over time.

My training is in complexity science, computational biology, and applied mathematics (I have a PhD in computational biology), and I use the ideas of complex systems to examine how science and technology change over time and what this means for society. This involves both academic research as well as popular writing, the latter of which has appeared in such places as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired, where I was previously a contributing writer.

I’ll be back at 11 am EST (8 am PST, 4 pm UTC) to answer your questions, ask me anything!

Update: Hi everyone! I had a blast interacting with everyone here, answering questions, and just being part of this fantastic conversation. Thanks so much! Time for me to sign out, but I'll try to check back and might be able to answer a few more.

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How to make a pitch deck: Follow along as I recreate a famous Airbnb pitch deck, slide by slide, using the pitch deck formula created by a legendary Venture Capital firm.

2018-03-27T15:15:40+00:00

Hi Guys, I've been designing pitch presentations all my (professional) life and have cringed so many times watching shark tank. Most pitches there flat out stink with people falling into two categories: Not enough information Way too much information That's a shame because making a pitch is not that hard. You just need to know the formula. And that formula is well known, because: It is the format recommended by the legendary venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. So today, I'm going to use that format and re-design a famous Airbnb pitch. I'm goinggoing to improve the original pitch (at least I like to think so...) in every way, based on the Sequioa guidelines. And in other good news, the deck is only 10 slides long (+ one extra slide)... So, let’s dive in! Note: If you want to read the article with (much) better formatting you can also find it here: Anatomy of a Perfect Startup Pitch Deck – 11 Critical Pages EDIT 1: I have received a couple of PMs asking me to help with their pitch deck. I don't want to do that. Go here instead http://firstround.com/philosophy/#pitch-assist I don't know them or endorse them but they seem like the real deal. Before we begin: Each section is formatted the same way. Start with the Airbnb slide (if they have one) Give my comments and detail, what should be in it (based on Sequoia guidelines) Redesign the slide Sum up, what should be in the slide Slide #1: What is the purpose and mission of the company? On the first page of your slide deck, you should simply write the mission of your company in a single sentence. To us, this concept can be quite high-flying so let’s look at some company purpose examples from their early investor presentations: Facebook: “Making the world more open and connected”, (which was changed to “Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together” in 2017) Airbnb: “The mission is to live in this world where one day you can feel like you're home anywhere and not in a home, but truly home, where you belong” YouTube: “To become the primary outlet of user-generated video content on the Internet, and to allow anyone to upload, share, and browse this content." As such, the first slide is quite simple, we have just a headline and a purpose statement. However, it is very important and showing your passion for the product or service you. After all, if you can’t be passionate about it how are you going to convince others it’s so great? https://bluetieslides.com/wp-content/uploads//2018/03/Startup-pitch-deck-slide-2.jpg Slide #2: The problem you are trying to solve or the “nod your head” phase Next up, you are going to describe the problem your product is trying to solve. We have also coined this “The Head-Nod Phase” because if your potential investors aren’t nodding their heads at this point… well, chances are they’ll not invest in you. On the slide, you should describe the problem in a simple way investors can easily understand and here are some key pointers to have in mind: Is at a must-solve problem or a nice-to solve problem? In short, how painful is this for customers? How do customers and users solve the problem today? Some older technology or manually? What are the issues with the current solutions that enables you to capture this market? Is it an obvious problem? If, not then what is your proof that the problem exists? Now, that doesn’t sound so hard so let’s look at what Airbnb did: https://bluetieslides.com/wp-content/uploads//2018/03/Airbnb-pitch-slide-2.jpg Price is an important concern for customers booking travel online Hotels leave you disconnected from the city and its culture No easy way exists to book a ro[...]















AMA: From immigrant and Johns-Hopkins trained physician to award-winning CEO & founder, venture capital mentor (Techstars and more), and investment fund owner: radical career change and the hard-learned lessons along the way - an AMA with Dr. Marcel Muenster TODAY only!

2018-03-29T12:26:56+00:00

This AMA is dedicated to all of you who hustle every day to make a living as an entrepreneur, decided to join the ultimate “emotional” rollercoaster ride, and left your traditional career paths despite pushback from co-workers, friends, and family to pursue the freedom of entrepreneurship.   “Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking.” (Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop)   I’ll walk you through the major business lessons that I think every entrepreneur needs to know to reach success. Ask me any questions along the way and I’ll do my best to answer them as honestly and insightfully as possible.   Before getting started, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself. Traveling has been a major part of my life for the past fifteen years. I have traveled to more than sixty countries and have lived in four, including the United States, Germany, Switzerland and South Korea. Over the past three years, I’ve traveled seven times around the world. To put in perspective, the past three years have brought me more than three quarters of the way from the Earth to the Moon!   My journey in the U.S. started nine years ago. I came from Germany as a medical intern to train in cardiology at Johns Hopkins, and eventually decided to stay and build my professional career here. Fast forward three years, I realized that clinical medicine was not my passion and it was time to branch out. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to change something, make people’s lives better, and have a larger impact than I could as a doctor seeing one patient at a time. Even though it took another few years to figure out how I would achieve this goal, I eventually came across entrepreneurship as the solution. Starting in 2012, I developed my ideas at the Harvard Innovation Lab, bootstrapped until I was ready to join full-time, left my six-figure job as a consultant, and threw myself into the most insane life experience ever.   Below you’ll find my progress as an entrepreneur over the past five years. I detail what each step looked like and, in addition, the pressing challenges that I needed to overcome at each stage. In speaking with hundreds of other entrepreneurs over the years, I found that these challenges are very common. I wrote them down because I believe they are key to consider when you develop your own startup. Part 1 - Building a global digital health company   Part 2 - Mentorship and consulting for Venture Capital firms A-Level Capital, General Catalyst, Techstars, and selected companies   Part 3 - Launching my first investment fund Part 1 - Building a global digital health company   For the past 5+ years, my team and I built the first-of-its-kind global digital concierge service called Doctor In Your Pocket. In short, it helps international travelers connect with a qualified and vetted medical doctor or dentist wherever they are on the globe, and at any time of the day. We have since launched our service in 180+ cities around the world. Below you’ll find some of the major business challenges and lessons that I’ve learned along the way.   Scale Truth be told, and I’m sure most of you can relate or imagine this, I had no clue what I was doing when I started out with this company in late 2012. Although I had two “silent” co-founders, I ended up having to make all major decisions by myself. To start, I recognized the reality of scale: to assist American outbound travelers with trusted medical care around the[...]


















AMA: Consulting to venture capital

2018-04-01T20:45:36+00:00

Hey guys,

I’m feeling bored today so I thought I’d take some questions about moving from consulting into a top venture capital fund.

I realize venture is a pretty niche industry, but since I’ve been getting lots of questions about it, I thought I’d let folks ask questions here as well.

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